Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 4 October-December 2007

CONTENTS

“Micronesian Voices in Hawai‘i” is CPIS 2008 Conference
Atamira Dance Collective Will Visit in February 2008
Epeli Hau‘ofa Will Be Visiting Artist in April 2008
CPIS Inaugurates New Undergraduate Course
Two Students Win Meller Research Award
UHM–University of Waikato Exchange Agreement Signed
Ben Finney Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Visitors to the Center
Center Occasional Seminars
Faculty Activities
Student Activities
Publications, Moving Images, and CDs
Conferences and Meetings
Bulletin Board


“MICRONESIAN VOICES IN HAWAI‘I” IS CPIS 2008 CONFERENCE

“Micronesian Voices in Hawai‘i,” the center’s 2008 conference, will be an opportunity to hear from Micronesian community members about how they are meeting the challenges of living in Hawai‘i. The conference will focus on the innovative programs that Micronesians, and others, are developing in Hawai‘i to help ease the transition for those who are newly arrived from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Speakers will describe why these programs are successful and what is needed to expand these programs.

Hilda Heine will be the conference keynote speaker. Dr Heine is a well-known Micronesian educator and an active member of the rethinking education in Micronesia movement, which seeks to integrate cultural values and traditional knowledge and life skills into the Western system of education that currently permeates the US–affiliated Pacific communities in Micronesia. She is a longtime staff member and currently the Director of Policy and the Pacific Comprehensive Center program of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). She is also an active advocate for women and human rights in the Marshall Islands through her work as advisor to the board of Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI).

Chief Justice Andon L Amaraich, of the Federated States of Micronesia, will also be a featured speaker. Mr Amaraich, who is from Chuuk, is considered one of the architects of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). He was elected to the first Congress of Micronesia in 1965, and during his congressional service was an active member of the Independence Coalition, which sought independence from the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is also credited as the statesman who led the FSM for fifteen years as the head of the Micronesian negotiating team that produced the first FSM Compact of Free Association. After the FSM became self-governing, Mr Amaraich was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court and later succeeded to the position of chief justice.

The conference will be held 3–4 April 2008. The website is http://www.hawaii.edu/cpis/2008conf.



ATAMIRA DANCE COLLECTIVE WILL VISIT IN FEBRUARY 2008

Ngai Tahu 32
Ngai Tahu 32

Nine dancers from the Atamira Dance Collective, a company of New Zealand’s top young Māori dancers and choreographers, will visit Hawai‘i in early February 2008 to take part in community programs sponsored by the UHM Outreach College. Atamira creates dance works inspired by Aotearoa’s history, legends, and contemporary issues. The critically acclaimed company is renowned for its stunning and inventive work, which combines contemporary dance with haka and waiata (Māori performing arts). Atamira will be performing at UH Mānoa, Kaua‘i Community College, and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo as well as at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the Kahilu Theatre. At most locations the company will present a variety of educational programs for students as well as the general community.

On O‘ahu, Atamira will be performing at 4:00 pm, Sunday, 10 February, in the UHM Kennedy Theatre. They will be presenting Ngai Tahu 32, a powerful contemporary piece drawing on choreographer Louse Potiki Bryant’s personal family history and whakapapa (genealogy) to portray a universal tale of struggle, loss, and redemption. In addition to Ngai Tahu 32, Atamira will perform a number of shorter works, including Te Whenua, an excerpt from Atamira’s newest work, Whakairo, choreographed by Moss Patterson. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For ticket information see www.outreach.hawaii.edu/community.

The public is also invited to attend a lecture-demonstration by Atamira at 5:00 pm, Monday, 4 February, in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, located in the UHM Kennedy Theatre Complex. This event is open to the public free of charge, but seating is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis. The lecture-demonstration will be led by Louise Potiki Bryant, choreographer and performer with Atamira Dance Collective. Video footage of Ngai Tahu 32 will be shown and the dancers will perform an excerpt from this work. Bryant and members of the company will also comment on the kaupapa (concepts) and whakapapa of the piece, the research that went into creating the work, and the interdisciplinary focus, which combines video design, lighting and set design, choreography, and movement vocabulary.

While they are on O‘ahu, Atamira will also work with students in a choreography workshop and a repertory class and visit two local elementary schools. Atamira’s presentations on O‘ahu are cosponsored by the UHM Theatre and Dance Department and the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, call UHM Outreach College at 808-956-8246.



EPELI HAU‘OFA WILL BE VISITING ARTIST IN APRIL 2008

One of the most influential writers in the Pacific—poet, novelist, and anthropologist Epeli Hau‘ofa—will be the center’s visiting artist for 2008. Hau‘ofa, director of the Oceania Center for Arts and Culture, at the University of the South Pacific, will be in residence at the center for a week toward the end of April. His visit coincides with the launching of a collection of his academic writings, which will be published by UH Press. Hau‘ofa will make two public presentations and visit with students.



CPIS INAUGURATES NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE

Beginning in January 2008, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies will offer its first course specifically for undergraduates. Pacific Worlds: An Introduction to Pacific Island Studies (PACS 108) is a one-semester course designed to introduce students to a range of topics, including migration, colonization, governance, regionalism, globalism, tourism, development, climate change, the Pacific diaspora, and contemporary arts and cultures. The course will also explore the intersections between Hawai‘i and the rest of the Pacific and provide insights into Pacific Islander communities in Hawai‘i.

The course, which will initially be taught by Professor of Pacific Islands Studies Vilsoni Hereniko, has been several years in the making, with input from both faculty and students. It is designed to appeal to Pacific Islander undergraduates and to others who want to know more about the region in which they live and go to school. Although there are a number of undergraduate courses at UHM that focus on the Pacific, Pacific Worlds is the first course to take a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the region. CPIS MA student James Viernes, who is from Guam, will be the inaugural teaching assistant for the course.



TWO STUDENTS WIN MELLER RESEARCH AWARD

Two UH Mānoa students were chosen as corecipients of the Norman Meller Research Award for the 2006–2007 academic year. Dr Meller, a distinguished political scientist and former director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, bequeathed the gift that makes this award possible. The award is for the most outstanding master’s thesis or graduate research paper written by a UH Mānoa student and focusing on the Pacific Islands from a social science or humanities perspective.

Katherine Higgins (CPIS MA, 2007) received the award for her master’s portfolio project, Biau Kula: Space, Process, and Creativity at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture. Melissa Iwamoto, who earned her MA from the Department of Geography, received the award for her thesis, Wisdom in the Basket: Cognitive Mapping and the Articulation of Perceptions and Values Regarding Coastal Resources of Wa’ab, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. Each recipient received a check for $250.



UHM-UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO EXCHANGE AGREEMENT SIGNED

In October 2007, Aroha Yates-Smith, dean of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao/School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, visited the UHM campus to sign a student exchange agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, students from the School of Māori and Pacific Development will be able to study at UH Mānoa, and UHM students from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, in the UHM School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures will be able to study at the University of Waikato.

With the signing of the agreement on 25 October, Waikato became UH Mānoa’s fourth student exchange partner in New Zealand, joining the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and Victoria University of Wellington. Formerly, UHM students were able to study at Waikato through a UH System–wide exchange agreement. The new agreement formalizes the campus-to-campus relationships between UH Mānoa and Waikato.

The School of Māori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato, provides national and international leadership in Māori and Pacific indigenous issues and in sustainable development. For more information on the school see http://www.waikato.ac.nz/smpd.



VISITORS TO THE CENTER

Among the visitors to the center during the period October through December 2007 were



CENTER OCCASIONAL SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

On 4 October 2007, Patrick Cerf, anthropologist and obstetrician-gynecologist from Tahiti, gave a seminar entitled “Women’s Domination in Tahiti: From Domestic Violence to Matriarchy.” Cerf, the author of Women’s Domination in Tahiti: From Violence Against Women to the Rhetoric of Matriarchy (2007, Au Vent des Îles), discussed the extent of domestic abuse in Tahiti and examined its coexistence with a “myth of matriarchy” in the changing contemporary society of Tahiti. Dr Cerf’s talk was part of the UH Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series.

“Shedding Some Light on the Poūliūli” was the title of the reading and talk by Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer Sarona Aiono-Iosefa on 9 October 2007. Ms Aiono-Iosefa was in residence at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies from early August to early November. She read from her new novel for young adults, O Se Mea e Tatau: Something Right. Her talk was cosponsored by the UHM Department of English and the UHM Samoan Language and Culture Program. It was taped to be shown later on ‘Ōlelo Community Television as part of the English Department’s Bibliovision series.

Fatu Feu‘u, the fall 2008 Intersections Artist-in-Residence with the UH Art and Art History Department, gave a public lecture on his work on 16 October 2007. Feu‘u has established an international reputation as the elder statesman of Pacific Islands art in New Zealand. His painting and sculpture draw on symbols and themes such as frigate birds, canoes, masks, frangipani flowers, and migration. While he was in residence, Mr Feu‘u also met with CPIS and Department of Art classes. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies was a cosponsor of Mr Feu‘u’s residency, with funding from its UH Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant.

Māori Goddesses and Māori Women: From Cosmic Beginnings to Colonial Endings, was the title of a talk on 25 October 2007 by Aroha Yates-Smith, dean of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao/School of Māori and Pacific Development, University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dr Yates-Smith is known for her work on Māori spirituality and her research on Māori goddesses in particular. She was in Honolulu to take part in the signing of a student exchange agreement between University of Waikato and UHM. Her talk was cosponsored by the UH Department of Religion, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

His Highness Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi was hosted by the UH Mānoa William S Richardson School of Law as a distinguished lecturer. His presentation, titled “Samoan Jurisprudence and the Samoan Lands and Titles Court,” took place on 29 October 2007. Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi was twice prime minister of Sāmoa and has been an influential voice on issues concerning Sāmoa and the Pacific Region. His visit was warmly received by an overflow crowd. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Samoan Language and Culture Program, and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies were among the cosponsors of his presentation.

Geoffrey White, chair of the UHM Department of Anthropology and CPIS affiliate faculty member, gave a talk on 31 October 2007, titled “Perishing Survivors: War Memory, New Media, and the Virtual Nation.” Dr White looked at the ways that new electronic means of representation are beginning to mediate narrative accounts of war survivors. In particular, he examined recent efforts to render the narrative accounts of Pearl Harbor survivors in video, DVD, and Web-based modes of representation. Dr White’s talk was cosponsored by the UH Department of Anthropology and the UHM-EWC International Cultural Studies Program.

Ying-Kuei Huang, Shiun-wey Huang, Wen-te Chen, Bien Chiang, and Yuan-chao Tung, members of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, visited the UH Mānoa campus and presented their work on several indigenous populations in Taiwan. In their forum on 5 November, sponsored by the UHM Department of Anthropology, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, they covered a wide range of topics, including house organization, urbanization, hierarchy, Christian conversion, and globalization.

Sa‘iliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor, assistant professor in Hawaiian and Pacific studies at the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu, gave a talk on 8 November 2007 titled “Out of Sāmoa: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration and Pacific Studies.” Dr Lilomaiava-Doktor (CPIS MA, 1993) used her research from Salelologa village on the big island of Savai‘i, in Sāmoa, to explore concepts of migration, diaspora, and development, and to advocate for the use of indigenous epistemologies in explicating the meanings that migration has in the Pacific.

April K Henderson, lecturer in Pacific studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, gave a talk titled “‘Freedom Dreams’: Pacific Studies in the Age of Neoliberalism,” on 15 November 2007. Drawing on a decade of research examining the significance of popular culture in processes of migration, diaspora, and identity formation, Dr Henderson (CPIS MA, 1999) talked about the meaning and impact of different manifestations of hip-hop culture among Pacific Islanders in the United States, Sāmoa, and New Zealand.

Peter Brunt, senior lecturer in art history at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, gave an illustrated talk on 20 November 2007, titled “The Portrait, the Pe‘a, and the Room: Place and Memory in the Photographs of Mark Adams.” Dr Brunt, whose research and writing focus on artists engaged in cross-cultural interactions in the Pacific, discussed the evolution of Adams’s portraits of tatau, set in ordinary domestic interiors in a variety of locations from Auckland to Amsterdam. Adams’s work raises questions about the status of Samoan tattooing among Samoan migrants. It also introduces questions of “place, memory, and history refracted through the consciousness of a white settler living in the contemporary Pacific.”

Rapata Wiri, senior lecturer in Te Aka Reo at the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, gave a talk titled “E-learning and the Revitalization of Māori,” on 20 November 2007. Wiri, who developed two sets of Māori language materials (Te Ao Māori: The Māori World and Te Reo Taketake/The Native Language), discussed the development of digital resources as an important step in the preservation of native languages throughout the Pacific. He is interested in exploring ways in which materials can be collaboratively developed for languages other than Māori. Wiri was formerly an assistant professor of Māori at UH Mānoa.

Lola Quan Bautista, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Guam, gave a talk on 26 November 2007, titled “Homes, Households, and Communities among Federated States of Micronesia Residents on Guam.” Dr Quan Bautista’s talk focused on a community of Chuuk migrants who are creating new meanings of “home” within the context of urbanization and migration on Guam. She discussed the role and experiences of Chuukese women in this process, and answered questions regarding local government involvement with the community.



FACULTY ACTIVITIES

CPIS Director David Hanlon travelled to Tahiti the week of October 22nd to represent Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and UHM at the twenty-year anniversary celebration of the founding of the Université de la Polynésie Française (UPF). While there, he reaffirmed the existing agreement of cooperation between UHM and UPF. He also participated in meetings on regional educational cooperation with representatives from other universities including the Australian National University, Massey University of New Zealand, the National University of Sāmoa, the University of California–Berkeley, the University of New Caledonia, the University of the South Pacific, and Victoria University of Wellington.

Vilsoni Hereniko, professor of Pacific Islands studies, was the keynote speaker on 17 November 2007 at the eighteenth annual Language & Culture Seminar, organized by the Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange and held in Honolulu. The title of his talk was “Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film and Video.”

UHM Department of English Associate Professor Robert Sullivan gave a poetry reading on 4 January 2008 in New Delhi, India, at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts. The occasion was “Chotro 2008,” a conference on indigeneity. At the same conference, he presented a paper on contemporary Polynesian poetry in English. The Chotro conference was cosponsored by the European and Indian Associations for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.

Associate Professor of Tahitian Jack Ward will be in Tahiti in late March to early April 2008 to teach a course on “Polynesian Languages Dialectology” at the Université de la Polynésie Français. The course is part of the third-year curriculum for students in the Reo Ma‘ohi Program.

CPIS Associate Professor Terence Wesley-Smith is the author of a Pacific Islands Policy Paper, China in Oceania: New Forces in Pacific Politics, published by the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center (see Publications).



STUDENT ACTIVITIES

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies extends a warm welcome to three new East-West Center Asia Pacific Leadership Program students from the Pacific:

CPIS students Sia Achica and Dominique Cordy had an opportunity to spread the work about Pacific Islands studies when they met with undergraduate students at UH West O‘ahu in October 2007. The occasion was annual UH West O‘ahu Career Day. Thank you, Sia and Dominique!



PUBLICATIONS AND MOVING IMAGES

Available from UH Press

Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai‘i? by Jon M Van Dyke, professor of law at the UHM William S Richardson School of Law and CPIS affiliate faculty member, describes and analyzes in detail the complex cultural legal history of Hawai‘i’s unique Crown Lands. 2007, 504 pages. ISBN 978-0-8248-3211-7, paper, US$22.40; ISBN 978-0-8248-3210-0, cloth, US$48.00.

Memories of War: Micronesians in the Pacific War, by Suzanne Falgout, Lin Poyer, and Laurence M Carucci, sets out to fill a historical gap in Pacific War histories by presenting Micronesian remembrances—the ritual commemorations, features of the landscape, stories, dances, and songs that keep their memories of the conflict alive. Falgout, Poyer, and Carucci are professors of anthropology at University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu, University of Wyoming, and Montana State University, respectively. 2007, 288 pages. ISBN 978-0-8248-3130-1, paper, US$25.00.

The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archaeological and Demographic Perspectives, edited by Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu, is an interdisciplinary contribution to the long-standing concern with demographic levels and change before and following European contacts with Pacific Island societies. The book contains case studies for the Hawaiian Islands, Mo‘orea, the Marquesas, Tonga, Sāmoa, the Tokelau Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Kosrae. Kirch is professor of anthropology at the University of California–Berkeley, and Jean-Louis Rallu is affiliated with the Institut National d'Étude Démographiques. 2008, 432 pages. ISBN 978-0-8248-3148-6, paper, US$35.00.

Mau Moko: The World of Māori Tattoo, by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Linda Waimarie Nikora, looks at the moko, from pre-European times to the present. It examines the use of tattooing by traditional and contemporary Māori and links it to other aspects of Māori culture. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is professor of research in the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato. Linda Waimarie Nikora is a lecturer in Kaupapa Māori in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waikato.

Island of Shattered Dreams, by Chantal T Spitz, newly translated by Jean Anderson, is the first novel published by an indigenous Tahitian writer. The book combines a family saga and a doomed love story, set against the background of French Polynesia in the period leading up to the first nuclear tests. It was first published, in Tahitian, in 1991. 2007, 172 pages. ISBN 978-1-86969-299-5, paper, US$19.00.

Luminous, by Alice Tawhai, is a collection of short stories. Her acclaimed first book, Festival of Miracles, featured a multiethnic caste of characters in New Zealand. 2007, 162 pages. ISBN 978-1-86969-293-3, paper, US$20.00.

UH Press bookscan be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2840Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888; website http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu.

Other Books

Flotsam & Jetsam: A Third Collection of Poems, is the latest book from well-known Solomon Islander poet Jully Makini. The 43 poems in this volume reflect the search for identity and stability in societies buffeted by the forces of globalization. We are all, says Makini, flotsam and jetsam floating along the tide of time, some of us getting washed up, others still searching for that beach or mangrove patch on which to grow roots. Published by IPS Publications and available at http://www.ipsbooks.sp.ac.fj or from the University of the South Pacific Book Centre at http://www.uspbookcentre.com. 2007, 52 pages. ISBN 978-982-02-0387-7, paper, US$18.00.

Also available from IPS Publications

KB; Kilakila: Writing from the Big Island, edited by Seri I Luangphinith, celebrates the Big Island of Hawai‘i in a collection of poems, short stories, and essays. The majority of the writers are from University of Hawai‘i–Hilo (UHH) and Hawai‘i Community College (HCC). Several professional writers, such as local poet Juliet Kono, songwriter and Hawaiian language specialist Larry Kimura, and songwriter and singer Kainani Kahaunaele, also contributed to the volume. The book is the culmination of a project sponsored by the UHH/HCC Board of Student Publications; the UHM Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity; and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 2007. ISBN 978-0-615-13817-6, paper, US$10.00. To order, see http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/depts/english/kanoioaeale.

The Testimony Project: Papua, edited by Charles E Farhadian, consists of twelve narratives by West Papuans in which they describe their struggle for human rights and human dignity over the past two generations. The narratives are accompanied by photographs of life in Papua. The book is in English and Bahasa Indonesia and is available from amazon.com or through the East Timor and Indonesian Action Network (ETAN). Farhadian is a professor of religious studies. 2007, 179 pages. ISBN 978-9799607768, paper, US$14.99.

Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Eric Kjellgren, was published in celebration of the opening of the Metropolitan’s newly reinstalled galleries for the arts of Oceania. It provides an introduction to the region’s rich artistic heritage through more than 200 masterworks. Published by Yale University Press in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2007, 368 pages. ISBN 978-0-30012-030-1, cloth, US$45.00; ISBN 978-1-58839-238-1, paper, US$24.95.

Online Publications

China in Oceania: New Forces in Pacific Politics, by Terence Wesley-Smith, explores strategic, political, and economic dimensions of Beijing’s heightened interest in Oceania. He argues that China’s rise offers Island states opportunities not available under established structure of power. Wesley-Smith is an associate professor at the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies. The paper is available at http://www.EastWestCenter.org/pubs/2287 as Pacific Islands Policy 2, published by the East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program. It is also available in print. 2007, 35 pages. ISBN 978-0-86638-210-6, paper, US$10.00.

Journals

Polynesian Art: Histories and Meanings in Cultural Contexts, a special issue of the Journal of the Polynesian Society (June 2007), has an introduction by Steven Hooper and articles by Hooper, Adrienne L Kaeppler, Karen Stevenson (with Hooper), and Robert Neich.

The September 2007 issue of the Journal of the Polynesian Society includes articles on iron axes of Mangaia, Māori religious prophets, Tupaia’s chart, and the recirculation of whale teeth and bone valuables in the central Pacific.

The latest issue of the journal World MusicIndigenous Peoples, Recording Techniques, and the Recording Industry (Volume 9:1, 2007)—has several articles dealing with music in the Pacific, specifically in Chuuk, Solomon Islands, and Fiji.

Films,Videos, and DVDs

Ho‘oilina: Continuing the Legacy (Hawai‘i and Polynesia, 2006, DVD, 30 minutes) by Maui Tauotaha, documents master carvers from throughout Polynesia who gather each year in Lahaina, Hawai‘i, to share their canoe carving skills. For information, contact Maui Tauotaha at mauinko@gmail.com.



CONFERENCES

Pacific Passages: A Pacific History Conference

Pacific Passages: Connecting East, West, and Center in the Pacific Basin will be held 4–5 April 2008 at the Henry E Huntington Library, in San Marino, California. It will examine different approaches to Pacific histories and cultural encounters throughout the Pacific basin and will consider oceanic frameworks as a historical methodology. The conference is being organized by David Igler, at the University of California–Irvine, e-mail: digler@uci.edu.

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters



BULLETIN BOARD

New Galleries at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The long-awaited new galleries for Oceanic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened with a gala reception on 17 November 2007. The museum’s new permanent galleries for Oceanic art, completely redesigned and reinstalled, display a substantially larger portion of the museum’s Oceanic holdings than was previously on view. Three separate galleries now feature masterworks from the museum’s Oceanic collection as well as recent acquisitions. The inaugural installation features more than 400 works from Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australia, and Island Southeast Asia.

The installation was organized by UHM Department of Anthropology alumnus and CPIS certificate student Eric Kjellgren, the Evelyn A J Hall and John A Friede Associate Curator of Oceanic Art of the museum’s Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. A related publication, Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Eric Kjellgren, is now available (see Publications). For more information on the new galleries, with selected images, see http://www.metmuseum.org/special/new_galleries/oceanic_ more.asp.

Samoan Playwrights in New York

Susana Lei‘ataua, from Wellington, New Zealand, was awarded a 2008 Fulbright New Zealand Senior Scholar Award to take a position as Artist-in-Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, the first Pacific artist invited to do so. During her residency, Lei‘ataua will be developing an autobiographical operetta, Breaking the Surface, in collaboration with New York–based performers. She will also work on a collection of short, accessible essays about Pacific history, cultures, and colonization for the US students and the general public.

In November 2007, Lei‘ataua was joined by playwright Louise Tu‘u, who received a Fulbright Travel Grant to participate with Lei‘ataua and others in the inaugural Indigenous World Theatre Reading Series. Tu‘u read excerpts from her first play, Le Tauvaga (The Competition). For more information on both playwrights, see http://www.fulbright.org.nz/news/quarterly/pdf/fq0711.pdf.


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